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Coachella 2013 (Survival Guide)

This year, Coachella Music and Art Fesitval in Indio, has an amazing lineup of artists and performers.  Paul Oakenfold, Social Distortion (or Social D as they’re more commonly known), Tegan and Sara, Wu-Tang Clan, and 2 Chainz are just a few of the amazing performers in the lineup.

Personally, I’m more into The Stone Roses, Descendents and Dropkick Murphys.  My favorite band for the past 20+ years, Red Hot Chili Peppers, are of course headlining Coachella this year.

The point of this all is to say that there are attorneys who can relate to you and the festival.  This in turn can help you defend your case in the event that you are arrested.  The following is information to help you keep from getting arrested.  If you drink, take a cab or have a designated driver.  Be on the lookout for cops.  Don’t sell drugs.  Don’t get into fights.  Just enjoy the music and follow those simple rules, and Coachella 2013 will be a fond memory for you.  If you do happen to find yourself in hot water with the police, then call the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache for immediate help!  You need a criminal defense attorney in Indio who understands you, the festival and the law.  You need an Indio criminal defense attorney who can fight to protect your rights.  You need an Indio criminal defense attorney who you can depend on.  You need Indio criminal defense attorney Stephanie M. Arrache!

Empire Polo Grounds Map

The Empire Polo Grounds, where Coachella Music and Arts Festival is held in Indio, California, is a huge facility!  It is easy to become separated from your friends and lost.  I’ve attached a map so friends can plan ahead to know where they’re going, where they can meet up if separated, where the bands are playing, to basically know everything they need to know.  Very importantly, it is going to be in the 90′s this weekend (sorry Mid-West and East Coast!!) so it is important to know where the water refill stations are!  If you are drinking, please be sure to drink water too, or the effects can be harmful and possibly lead to your arrest.  Be aware and enjoy the festival responsibly!

Coachella Festival 2013 arrest criminal defense attorney

@Coachella Map and Set List for weekend 1 !

On-Site Camping

Of course the best way to not get arrested for DUI is to stay on-site. Camping at the Empire Polo Grounds is a great option for those festival attendees who want to just stay on-site all weekend. The Coachella Fesitval website has some information available.

Some pertinent information:

*Each camper must be 18 years of age or older

*Each camper must have their own festival pass

*Onsite camping opens Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 9:00am and closes on Monday, April 15, 2013 at noon. Early arrival is highly recommended. Cars can check in at 9am on Thursday until 2am, and starting at 9am FRI-Sun (until 11PM). 24 hours for pedestrians.

*Cars cannot leave the camping area between 10pm and 2am

*No wrapped or sponsored vehicles allowed

*No glass containers

*No pets

*No drugs or drug paraphernalia (you are subject to search at any time! Law enforcement will and does conduct undercover operations to discover any illegal activity!)

On-site camping amenities

The Coachella festival sponsors want you to enjoy camping on-site and want to make life easy for you. They offer the following amenities:

*Public showers

*Pubic restrooms

*Cell phone charging stations

*Internet cafe and free wifi

*General Store


Friday through Sunday

Yoga: 8am – 9am / 9am – 10am
Pilates: 10:15am – 11:15am


Chair massages are available for $1/per minute





My intentions are to keep the concert goers safe and arrest free this weekend. As always, the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache would rather have people be safe than get new clients. The following are a list of taxi and shuttle services which are available to Coachella Fest goers.  However, as there are thousands of people expected in the Valley, it’s always wisest to book early.

American Cab: 760-322-4444

Airport Taxi: 760-328-CABS (2227)

Yellow Cab of the Desert: 760-568-3838

SunBus: 1-800-347-8628

Private limo: 760-404-4531

Vans and Sedans: (800) 233-6393


The following are road closures, expected delays and recommended routes for the two weekends during Coachella 2013 (April 12-14 and April 19-21). There are 200,000 people expected both weekends, which means driving in the area will be treacherous at best. Be careful and aware while driving. Know that the Indio police department will be increasing their DUI saturation patrols while on the lookout for drunk drivers. Drug and alcohol arrests make up more than half of the arrests during Coachella fest.

SLOW moving route during Coachella 2013

Delays will be especially difficult, they said, on the following roadways:

* Jefferson Street, southbound, from I-10 to Avenue 52
* Washington Street, southbound, from I-10 to Avenue 52
* Monroe Street, southbound, from I-10 to Avenue 52
* Highway 111 at Jefferson Street
* Highway 111 at Monroe Street
* I-10 exit eastbound at Jefferson
* I-10 exit eastbound at Monroe

CLOSED roads during Coachella fest 2013

The following roadways will be closed for the event:

* Avenue 49 between Hjorth Street and Monroe Street
* Avenue 50 between Madison Street and Jackson Street
* Hjorth Street between Avenue 49 and Avenue 50
* Madison Street between Avenue 49 and Avenue 52

RECOMMENDED routes during Coachella 2013

In order to navigate around the traffic chaos, traffic officers recommend the following alternate routes:

* North and South travel, use Washington Street, Jackson Street, Calhoun Street and Golf Center Parkway
* East and West travel, use Fred Waring Drive, Miles Avenue, Avenue 52 and Avenue 48


Last year, there were 235 arrests over the 2 weekend period.  Most of those arrests were drug or alcohol related.  There were so many arrests for underage drinkers/fake IDs that the Riverside District Attorney created a whole new program to deal with them.  We at the Law of Stephanie M. Arrache helped many people successfully get these charged dismissed against them.

There were also many undercover operations targeting drug sales.  Many people were entrapped and arrested for selling drugs.  Many of these were good people who never even intended or tried to sell drugs.  These cases are very defensible.

The Indio police join forces with several other law enforcement agencies to conduct the under cover operations.  They are involved in all aspects of the Coachella Fest arrests.


The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache has moved into a new office, effective immediately.  The new location is on the corner of Vista Chino and Palm Canyon.  The address is 1701 N. Palm Canyon, Suite 8, Palm Springs, CA 92262.  There is ample free parking.  We are across Palm Canyon from the Shell Gas Station and across Vista Chino from the liquor store.  Our office hours vary, so please make an appointment to ensure that someone is there to meet you.  We are very excited about this new location and plan on remaining there for a long time.  A grand opening celebration is in the works, so watch for more information on that!
We have also opened several satellite offices.  The first is in Lancaster, California, and serves the Antelope Valley, North Los Angeles County, and Kern County.  The second satellite office is in Playa Vista, California, and serves Los Angeles County.  As always, we are still available to meet at other locations which are more convenient for you.


Stephanie M. Arrache

Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

1701 N. Palm Canyon

Suite 8

Palm Springs, CA 92262

(760) 778-7615

It is not uncommon for defendants to feel the need to appear unaffected in court.  The person in the robe is handing you a sentence, and you want to make it seem like you couldn’t care less.  This all makes sense in your head.  However, think of it like this:

You are in court because the State is claiming you did something wrong (i.e. broke the law).

You maintain your innocence.

Your attorney proclaims your innocence.

If you appear to be taking this as a joke, the judge could think you’re scoffing at the whole system.

If the judge thinks you’re scoffing at the system, he or she will not think favorably upon you.

If he or she does not think favorably upon you, any decision they make that has any judicial discretion will not be made in your favor.

A decision not made in your favor means you could end up serving a long term, more fines, more restrictions, or any possible punishment that the judge can legally award.

Your attorney goes home.

The judge goes home.

Your stuck with harsher punishment and have your attitude to thank for it.

I am not trying to say that you must go in on bended knee.  I am saying to show the judge that you’re taking the whole process very seriously.  Judge’s and prosecutors look at the attitude of the defendant when making their decisions.  There have been times that I wanted to cuss out a prosecutor or *gasp* judge (yes, attorneys are human too), but it would be disrespectful and could possibly hurt the outcome of my client’s case.  It’s a test of a person’s character how they are able to hold their tongue when tried.

I don’t care if a client wants to trash talk every person he or she has ever met.  They can rant and vent all they want to me before we enter the courthouse, or after.  But, please, for your sake, not mine, hold your tongue while in court.

For example, in South Dakota, Boyd William White Twin was being sentenced for an assault with a deadly weapon.  Mr. Twin lost a trial, and it was time for sentencing by the judge.  Mr. Twin allegedly smiled during sentencing.  The judge took that as a sign of disrespect and sentenced him to an additional six months in prison.  Mr. Twin claims he was not smiling.  But it was well within the judge’s discretion to sentence him to those additional months.  Now he can think about his smile while he sits in prison for the additional time

Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, if you have any questions about how you should behave in court.


Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

A Criminal Defense Firm

PO Box 3297

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Office: (760) 237-8295

Cell: (760) 668-8295

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Prison Entrepreneur Program (PEP)

The Texas prison system has a program for inmates- Prison Entrepreneur Program (PEP).  The prison system realized that putting people in jail and letting them sit out their sentence did nothing to motivate or encourage them to make something of themselves upon release.  The inmates would get released and have no training or skills, and were more susceptible to falling back into the same routine.  As an answer to this, they created PEP.

Prison Entrepreneur Program (PEP) statistics:

The following are some informational bullets and statistics on PEP.

  • 800 men have graduated in 8 years.
  • All have found work within 90 days of release
  • Some have gone on to start own business
  • Most were not even high school graduates when they went to prison
  • There is only a 10% recidivism rate amongst PEP graduates

What makes the Prison Entrepreneur Program (PEP) successful

Not only is it an educational based system, PEP teaches life-skills such as decision making, philosophical choices, how to treat women, etc.  The program not only teaches inmates how to succeed once they are back in society, but it reunites families, and turns men into productive citizens.

Executive members from high ranking businesses and corporations participate in this program as mentors.

The program is 100% privately funded through donations by private persons, business and corporations.  So many people believe in this program that PEP doesn’t need public funds.

Re-entry to society includes housing, support groups, family reunification, professional clothing and so much more.  The program believes that if you can give a man solid foundation, he can build a stable and suitable life upon it.  They also have a job placement program which helps get PEP graduates into good jobs with livable wages.

With such a great program and great results, it should be a matter of time before other states begin incorporating their own.


To read more on PEP, click here.


Contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm, for more information on the Prison Entrepreneur Program (PEP)

Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

A Criminal Defense Firm

PO Box 3297

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Office: (760) 237-8295

Cell: (760) 668-8295


I can’t count the number of times I’ve had clients tell me that they have been in and out of the system so often that one more stint won’t matter.  They just want me to get them the least amount of time possible.  This always makes me sad.  People shouldn’t just assume that because they’ve spent time in jail, that they aren’t worth more than going back.  People mess up.  They make mistakes.  This is especially common in youth.  People, especially young people, make dumb choices that sometimes result in jail.  That doesn’t mean that they should give up on themselves.  People can change.  They can learn.  I had one client who was convicted of armed robbery (and a few other things) at 18.  After 9 years in prison, he learned he wanted out, and never wanted to go back.  Now, at 65, he has led a law abiding existence, and never went back to jail.  (He was a client on a traffic violation- nothing serious.  More annoying to him than anything.)  But, he’s one of those stories of a kid who grew up in East LA, who turned his life around after a few dumb choices.

The Sacramento Bee recently published an article with another success story.  This guy, Edward Martinez, was a former gang member in the Fresno area.  He was jumped in at 13.  Juveniles are not able to make rational decisions.  They aren’t able to fully comprehend that getting jumped into a gang is probably not the wisest idea.  Especially when they see older family members who are members, as happened in Edward Martinez’s case.  He had older brothers and cousins who were members.  His mother had recently passed away after a car accident.  He was not making the best choices for himself.

Between 13 and 20, Edward Martinez committed some misdemeanor crimes.  His father was getting fed up with his behaviors.  It wasn’t until Edward was facing 8 years in prison on 3 felony charges with gang enhancements that he realized it was time to make major decisions.  His attorney was able to negotiate a plea that involved lowering the charges to misdemeanors, and his full-time enrollment in a school program.  He chose culinary school, and enrolled in a baking program.  While there, he thrived.  He loved what he did and decided he needed to make this change permanently.  He was successful and is now an executive pastry chef in a world renowned restaurant.

These success stories are possible for everyone.  It is what I want for my clients who have given up on themselves.  It frustrates me to see clients frustrated with themselves, who do not want to work to save themselves.  Edward’s story is possible for every single one of my clients, no matter what has happened in their past!

To read Edward’s amazing story, click here.


If you want to discuss how you can turn your life around, contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm today!

Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

A Criminal Defense Firm

PO Box 3297

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Office: (760) 237-8295

Cell: (760) 668-8295



Most of America is tuned in to the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case.  A child of 17 was gunned down by a concerned neighborhood watchman.  This blog and this firm will not get into whether he did or did not do it.  I was not there.  I have not seen the evidence.  Further, I believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.  I believe in that, because I want that for all of my clients.  I believe that most of my clients are innocent.  If they tell me they are, I believe them and fight on their behalf.  It’s about not allowing the prosecution to present evidence which makes my client appear guilty.  It’s about helping people maintain their innocence.  Many times, there are unfortunate and sad situations, and juries can be swayed by their emotions.  I feel bad for Trayvon Martin.  I think most people do!  He was too young to die.  He did not deserve a violent death.  However, I also feel bad for George Zimmerman.  He has been torn apart by the court of public opinion.  That’s just not fair.

Yesterday a court was able to look at the facts of the case and determine whether Mr. Zimmerman was to be allowed bail or not.  The judge was not swayed by the news reports or the crowds of people outside.  He remained fair and impartial.  This important to point out, as many people lose faith in the ability of judges to be fair and impartial.  The judge determined that Mr. Zimmerman was eligible for bail, and set the amount at $150,000.  Most bail bond companies allow a person to post 10% of that to get freed.  I work with several bond companies that will allow 8% upon a written notification by my firm that we have been retained.  I gladly fill this form out for clients to help them catch a break.

The interesting thing about Mr. Zimmerman’s bond is that there are several restrictions imposed.  For example, he is not allowed to drink alcohol or take any drugs.  (There will be an exception for prescribed medications of course.)  George Zimmerman also has an ordered curfew.  These restrictions and orders are not common practice.  Likely it is because this is such a highly publicized case.  The terms of bail in California are generally to violate no law.  If you do violate a law while on bail, there is an enhancement which can be added to the current case.  Plus, there can be new charges filed.

If you want to better understand bail, or the terms of your bail, contact the Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache, a criminal defense firm today!

Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache

A Criminal Defense Firm

PO Box 3297

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Office: (760) 237-8295

Cell: (760) 668-8295